Tuesday, June 26, 2012


Not much has gotten painted the past few weeks.  I have been pretty busy.  I got my little gallery open 2 weeks ago and am  at least a couple of hours there in the afternoon.  I'm getting out and walking more, dispite rain most days.  And the garden is finally all planted.... later than usual.     The weather in June hasn't been much better than in May.... there was only one day in May that it didn't rain and the temperature didn't get above 60.  The sun finally came out last week and the temperature was around 80 on Saturday, but it's now raining again.

Below are the only things I've painted this month that are getting matted and in the gallery.  I started them both and got stopped with rain, then went back a week or 2 later to finish: 

 This one I started with a pen and ink drawing, added watercolor and some gouache.  5x7 inches

                              This had some under-painting and is pure gouache.  3.5"x5.5 inches

This is the first summer ever that my husband has been home all summer, as he has sold our boat and retired from fishing.  I'm liking having him here, and its good to have some help with the garden.

Friday, June 1, 2012


gouache  painting  8x14 inches

I haven't counted the hours I've spent painting this, but there have been a lot of them.  It finally
seemed to have come together today.   I think the reason my gouache paintings take so long is that I never seem to get the right value the first time because the paint changes value as it dries, sometimes darker and sometimes lighter... that and the fact that I start with an under-painting in a different color.  

This was painted from a photo I took of my friend Kim in her kayak in Cross Sound a couple of years ago.   The stuff  in the water is bulb kelp.  The only person that has seen the painting thought it looked like kelp and foam.  I might have to  do some more work on it.    And I think I'll straighten out the waterline on the right.  It was like that because of the surge, but its bothering me.  I always see things wrong when I put them here.